Tunis on 1 April hiked fuel prices for the fifth time since the beginning of 2018. The more Tunisia enacts measures to contain its deficits, the more backlash it faces from its economically struggling populace.

As the IMF and Tunisia’s government met in Tunis this week to discuss economic reforms prescribed as part of the fifth review of the country’s $2.9bn IMF program, angry demonstrators took to the streets to demand the government roll back a set of fuel hikes introduced at...